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  • n. The vertical space in a building in which the elevator or lift travels


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  • You may feel vibrations in the elevator shaftway and hear the rattling of the traveling cables.

    Teri Karush Rogers: The 7 Worst Places to Live in an Apartment Building

  • A concealed shaftway connected his laboratory with the lower levels!

    "Power" by Harl Vincent, part 1

  • He dashed into the laboratory and listened once more at the panel of the secret shaftway.

    "Power" by Harl Vincent, part 5

  • Melnick and myself all ran into the the hotel corridor outside our rooms, watching in horror as the whole building tilted and the nearby elevator slammed again and again into the walls of its shaftway.

    John Eskow: The Planting of Dan Melnick and the Death of Hollywood Cool

  • I already know that I want to shift the elevator/machine room layout a bit, to bring any potential shaftway poking through the roof into the corner where it can look like Architecture -- a number of the older buildings in the neighborhood have Victorian corner towers.

    Gray Monday

  • On the far side was a series of chutes and grates and sluices — the quarry must have some supply of water, native or pumped in — and what might have been a shaftway descending underground.

    The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters

  • The wildest and most brutish customs were practiced; sexual appetites aroused at a glance were gratified down some deserted shaftway; children of seven or ten who never saw daylight during the winter months were used and abused and paid a pittance by the miners to help drag away their tubs of coal; pregnant women drew coal cars like horses and even gave birth in the dark black caverns.

    The Worldly Philosophers

  • But now the connecting doorway was heavily boarded across, and it occurred to me that the carpenters cutting the elevator shaftway must be working upward so that each floor, as it was cut away, could be dropped through to the basement.

    Time and Again

  • The flames spread in such a way firefighters had a difficult time staying ahead of them, starting near the street and then spreading up to the rooftop by way of a shaftway.

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  • "The stuff that doesn't sell is the stuff that faces a dark shaftway in the back, and this is the polar opposite of that."

    NYT > Home Page


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